John 18:36-37 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world. Then Pilate said to him, So you are a king? Jesus answered, You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the worldâto bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice. ---ESV
https://tinyurl.com/y576t94tÂ (Should Christians try to force the kingdom on others?)
While the above verses are used by those who want to point out the error of trying to have a theocracy, these will do well also---
Romans 8:7 For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot. 8 Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.---ESV
Bud Brown does a good job of pointing out the nonsense of Dominionistsâđ
Adriel wrote: Donât forget Jim; According to the Book of Judges, Deborah was a prophetess of the God of the Israelites, the fourth Judge of pre-monarchic Israel and the only female judge mentioned in the Bible, and the wife of Lapidoth.
Yes, "The exception proves the rule!"
Besides I mentioned another person who is approved by Republicans, and a woman, but she has a misfortune of having a Spanish last name.
Her appointment would do Trump much more help, but thankfully for that reason as far as I'm concerned, she wasn't picked--for obvious reasons.
Mrs. Barrett may have many admirable qualities, but being Christian isn't one of them.
https://tinyurl.com/jsdkc45 (Is a Catholic Christian an Oxymoron?)
Trump especially after his apparent support for the "Proud Boys" and his past run-in with a judge of Latin American descent,
David Graham wrote: The Republican candidateâs insistence that Gonzalo Curiel cannot preside impartially simply because of his ethnic heritage flies in the face of established precedent....
excerpt from,"Trump: Mexican American Judge Has an 'Absolute Conflict'
He should not have picked the lily-White, Amy Coney Barrett, but if he had to have a woman, someone more like:
"In Miami, buzz over Cuban American judge Barbara Lagoa as potential Trump Supreme Court pick"
It would have given him more points with a Latino community which he needs â
But then, as Christians we should not be very enthusiastic about having women judges, and the one that was picked has seven kids who she should be taken care of, though the Cuban American one has two.
Yes, John of UK, your BBC had some interesting highlights of the so-called debate. It showed that Biden wasn't going to take any of Mr. Trump's lip if nothing else--they must have thought they were in the British Parliament.
Bud Brown wrote: Political causes use law to carry out a gospel mission.
I suspect I get the greatest pushback on this point.
When I look back over the running, rear guard action in the church/culture engagement, I can't help but notice something that doomed the Moral Majority enterprise from the start. It was an effort to make a godly nation of godly people by electing people who would pass and enforce the right laws.
Christian political activists,...share alike in one deadly fault: they would use the force of law to create a just society populated by a moral people.
This is a fool's errand.
Law cannot make people or nations good. Only grace can do this.
Interim Pastors are in the business of returning churches to the ministry of grace in a world in dreadful need.
excerpt from,"Five reasons why it is better for interim pastors to juggle hand grenades than politics"
One of her main problems is being a Pentecostal âđ
The following article does a good job at looking at this heresy.
Mathew Schmalz wrote: .... Questions have been raised about her alleged association with the âPeople of Praise,â a nondenominational Christian charismatic community, seen by some as being a potential influence on her legal thinking, particularly concerning abortion rights...?
excerpt from,"Opinion: Amy Coney Barrettâs Supreme Court nomination puts a spotlight on charismatic Catholicism"
"How Fauci, 5 other health specialists deal with covid-19 risks in their everyday lives"
But, Frank, to answer your question more directly---
Chas. Danner wrote: .... Ahead of President Trumpâs indoor campaign rally at the BOK Center in Tulsa on Saturday night, much of the public attention was on (1) the risk of holding an indoor rally with thousands of people not required to wear face masks or remain socially distanced amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic; ...
excerpt from,"all the reasons that the Trump Tulsa Rally was a complete disaster"
I think in several places it has been pointed out that white people most likely caught the covid-19 viris at this rally
The Christian Institute wrote: .... In his press conference this afternoon, the Prime Minister said: âCOVID-secure venues like places of worship, gyms, restaurants, hospitality venues can still hold more than six in totalâ.
The new ârule of sixâ does not affect the total number that a church may hold, but social distancing restrictions remain in place.
The Christian Instituteâs Deputy Director CiarĂĄn Kelly welcomed the news, saying: âIt is vitally important that churches remain open and that Christians still have the freedom to continue to worshipâ....
excerpt from,"COVID-19: PM confirms church worship unaffected by new restrictions"
Chris GP well as the head of our own CDC pointed out face masks are probably more effective than vaccines will be in the foreseeable future, do you object to people having to wear those? social distancing, and a few other simple requirements should not be ignored. I don't believe mandatory vaccination has ever been done in this country. but then earlier only a few wacky groups like that Jehovah witnesses were against them anyway âđ For further enlightenment on the topic at hand:
"Consider Richard Baxter, writing more than 350 years ago:
" Question 109: May we omit church-assemblies on the Lordâs day, if the magistrate forbid them?
" Answer: 1. It is one thing to forbid them for a time, upon some special cause, (as infection by pestilence, fire, war, etc.) and another to forbid them statedly or profanely.
" 2. It is one thing to omit them for a time, and another to do it ordinarily.
" 3. It is one thing to omit them in formal obedience to the law; and another thing to omit them in prudence, or for necessity, because we cannot keep them.
" 4. The assembly and the circumstances of the assembly must be distinguished.
" (1) If the magistrate for a greater good, (as the common safety,) forbid church-assemblies in a time of pestilence, assault of enemies, or fire, or the like necessity, it is a duty to obey him. 1. Because positive duties give place to those great natural duties which are their end: so Christ justified himself and his disciplesâ violation of the external rest of the sabbath. âFor the sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath.â 2. Because affirmatives bind not âad semper,â and out-of-season duties become sins. 3. Because one Lordâs day or assembly is not to be preferred before many, which by the omission of that one are like to be obtainedâŚ.â
Material taken from, "...a response to John MacArthur"
I have quoted some Baxter material before, but not in this length nor [I think!] from this source âđ
Michael Martin wrote: .... Airplanes and Public Transportation
"I'm 79 years old. I am not getting on a plane," Fauci told the Washington Post in an interview on July 3. "I have been on flights where I've been seated near people who were sneezing and coughing, and then three days later, I've got it. So, no chance. No Metro, no public transportation. I'm in a high risk group, and I don't want to play around."....
excerpt from,"Dr. Fauci's 10 Places You're Most Likely to Catch Coronavirus"
AP/Reuters wrote: US President Donald Trump has responded on Twitter to a New York Times report about his taxes, saying he has "paid many millions of dollars in taxes" but is entitled to depreciation and tax credits. Key points:
â˘ The report says Mr Trump had hundreds of millions of dollars in debt amid chronic business losses â˘ He has reportedly used those losses to avoid paying tax â˘ Mr Trump's lawyer says "most, if not all, of the facts appear to be inaccurate"â .... During his first general election debate against Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016, Ms Clinton said perhaps Mr Trump was not releasing his tax returns because he had paid nothing in federal taxes.
Mr Trump interrupted her and said: "That makes me smart."ââ ....
excerpt from, "Donald Trump tweets he has 'paid many millions in taxes', in response to New York Times story"
While some religious organizations are still offering online-only services, there have been some establishments that have decided to open. Before attending church, make sure your establishment is implementing the guidelines suggested by the CDC. Social distancing may be tough, especially in a large organization, but it's important to help stop the spread.Â
Religious organizations should remain "consistent with applicable federal and State laws and regulations," according toÂ the CDC. If your church doesn't seem to be following these guidelines, you may want to skip Sunday service for a while....
excerpt from, " 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID"
Christine Douglas-Williams wrote: .... In February, the Trump Administration launched the first-ever International Religious Freedom Alliance, which 26 countries joined: Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, The Gambia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Senegal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Togo, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom....
excerpt from, 'Nigeriaâs president: Trump âlooked at me in the face. He said âwhy are you killing Christians?'â'
I hope the other countries have decided to do something other than to ask questions â
Well strange behavior considering Africans did a good job of controlling the virus outbreak
Karen Attiah wrote: .... As the United States approaches 200,000 [+] deaths, the West seems largely blind to Africaâs successes. In recent weeks, headline writers seem to be doing their hardest to try to reconcile Western stereotypes about Africa with the reality of the low death rates on the continent. The BBC came under fire for a since-changed headline and a tweet that read âCoronavirus in Africa: Could poverty explain mystery of low death rate?â The New York Post published an article with the headline, âScientists canât explain puzzling lack of coronavirus outbreaks in Africa.â
Itâs almost as if they are disappointed that Africans arenât dying en masse and countries are not collapsing. While Black Americans have been disproportionately contracting covid-19 and dying, Africaâs performance shows, as I quoted a Kenyan anthropologist saying in May, âbeing a black person in this world doesnât kill you, but being a black person in America clearly can.â...
excerpt from, "Africa has defied the covid-19 nightmare scenarios. We shouldnât be surprised."
The pity we didn't have a black leader for President.
Dr. Rugh wrote: Godly sorrow will always bear the fruit of repentance. This sorrow over sin goes beyond mere regret over sin and the resulting consequences. The repentance godly sorrow produces results in a real and actual change of life, ceasing from sin, and turning from sin. Repentance from sin is in effect a change in thinking about sin and that change in thinking results in a change in conduct. The repentance from sin included in initial saving faith then continues ongoing as the believer lives in pursuit of holiness and spiritual growth.
summary for, "Godly Sorrow Leads to Repentance"
Dr. Rugh has done an excellent sermon on repentance and why it is necessary for a Christianâđ There's certainly non-Christian repentance, but some haven't even reached that stage yet.